Image:1908 David-Friedrich-Strauss.jpg|thumb|Portrait of David Strauss.
'''David Friedrich Strauss''' ( ; January 27, 1808 in Ludwigsburg
– February 8, 1874 in Ludwigsburg
was a German liberal Protestant theologian and writer, who scandalized Christendom|Christian
Europe with his portrayal of the "historical Jesus
", whose divine nature he denied. His work was connected to the Tübingen School
, which revolutionized study of the New Testament, early Christianity, and ancient religions. Strauss was a pioneer in the quest for the Historical Jesus|historical investigation of Jesus